- Code HIST2240
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, History, International Relations, European Studies, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Ben Mercer
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2016
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At the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945, Europe was reduced to rubble. This course examines the troubled history of attempts to re-establish prosperity and democracy in the postwar period. In Eastern Europe, Communist dictatorships claimed to provide a superior political and economic system. In Western Europe, the strengthening of democracy often took a back seat to the demands of the Cold War, the legacies of totalitarianism, the reluctance to decolonise and the prioritisation of economic growth. Protest and dissent - from students, feminists and terrorists – marked both East and West. This course examines the origins and contradictions of contemporary European politics and society in order better to understand the trials and tribulations of Europe in the early 21st century.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history of Europe since 1945.
- Critically evaluate key interpretations of late 20th-century Europe’s social, cultural and political history.
- Analyse and integrate primary and secondary sources into written work.
- Demonstrate the significance of late 20th-century Europe for today's world.
Indicative Assessment1,000 word document exercise (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1 - 4]
2,500 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1 - 4]
Final exam, 3 hours (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1 - 4]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcome 1,2,4]
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WorkloadA two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks (lecture will also be recorded and posted on the course Wattle site). Students are expected to spend an average of 7 hours per teaching week outside these contact hours preparing for tutorials and completing assessment tasks.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsKey readings will be supplied through Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingTony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe Since 1945 (Pimlico, 2007).
Victoria De Grazia, “A Model Mrs. Consumer,” in Irresistible Empire (2005), 376-458.
Emanuela Scarpellini, “Shopping American-Style: The Arrival of the Supermarket in Postwar Italy,” Enterprise & Society 5 (2004): 652-68.
Kristen Ross, “Hygiene and Modernization,” in Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995), 71-122.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4372||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|